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The Celtic spirit of Cornwall

 

St Piran’s Day Book Launch

 

A ground-breaking new book about bard of Gorsedh Kernow, Robert Victor Walling (1895-1976), soldier, poet, journalist and writer with a special interest in the Cornish language, is being published on St Piran’s Day, Saturday 5th March, 100 years after its original publication and exactly 121 years after the birth of the author.

 

“Scryfer – R.V.Walling”, has been researched and compiled by former Grand Bard Ann Trevenen Jenkin, Bryallen, the result of months of painstaking work by several bards of Gorsedh Kernow, including Stephen Gadd, Reskadinnick, who has translated Walling’s original words and designed and produced the layout.

 

Encouraged by his father Robert Alfred Walling, who was also a bard, the young R V Walling had been inspired by Henry Jenner’s Handbook of the Cornish Language, first published in 1904.  As he lay injured in a French military hospital during the First World War, R V Walling drew on this inspiration and turned his attention to a deeper study of Cornish and while recuperating from his injuries, he produced a magazine called “An Houlsedhas” (‘The West’), an illustrated manuscript in his own handwriting.  

 

“This important book is being published as a facsimilie of “An Houlsedhas” for the very first time,” said Mrs Jenkin, “and will add considerably to our broad study of the Cornish language written during the First World War.”

 

R V Walling was made a bard of Gorsedh Kernow in 1934 taking the bardic name Scryfer an Mor, Sea Writer.  The long awaited publication of his illustrated magazine, translated into English, has never been seen before by the general public.

 

“The original text has been translated by Stephen Gadd, from Camborne, a new bard living and working in London,” said Mrs Jenkin, “and he has worked extremely diligently on what has been a fascinating but sometimes difficult project.”

 

“This ground-breaking book is a valuable addition to other documents in the Cornish language,” said Grand Bard Merv Davey,“and Gorsedh Kernow, along with the Cornish Language Board, is very proud to support its publication.”

 

“Skryfer – R V Walling” will be launched by Jori Ansell, Caradok, past Grand Bardof Gorsedh Kernow and currentChairman ofthe recently launched Cornish Language Academy, at 6pm at Camborne Rugby Club, on St Piran’s Day, Saturday 5th March 2016.

 

 

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Members of the press are welcome to attend the book launch in Camborne Rugby Club.  Kindly send your acceptance to Ann Trevenen Jenkin by email to pellgowser@btinternet.com  or tel 01736 850332  from whom you can also request further information about “Skryfer - R V Walling”.

 

“Scryfer - R.V.Walling,” A5 format, with some colour illustrations and black and white photographs, price £9.99 + postage. (Costs with postage: UK £11.50; Europe £15.00; rest of world £17.50.)  Copies of the book may be ordered and paid for in advance from Ann Trevenen Jenkin (see details above) or collected from the launch itself on 5th March or from other Gorsedh Kernow or Cornish language events during the year, where they will also be on sale.

 

R V Walling had a distinguished career as a journalist, interrupted by war service.  He was wounded at Passchendale and invalided out of the army.  In 1916-17, while recuperating from his injuries, he produced the magazine “An Houlsedhas” (‘The West’), an illustrated manuscript in his own handwriting.  There are three unfinished issues, each accompanied by his watercolour drawings.

 

There is a moving article in “Skryfer – R V Walling” by bard Tim Saunders, Bardh Gwerin, on his recollections of R V Walling, and a detailed biography by Ann Trevenen Jenkin,who compiled the book with the valuable help of Stephen Gadd, Mark Dungey, Donsyor Lanust and Esther Johns, Tamm Steren. There are several appendices, giving the flavour of Robert Walling’s writings, and the essence of his time.

 

R A J and R V Walling’s letters and correspondence, R V W's military handbooks, booklets on journalism, press cuttings books, newspapers, material relating to the First World War, Plymouth Corporation Grammar School Debating and Literary Society minutes and school magazines, Parliamentary elections pamphlets and reports, and miscellaneous items are all held for research at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office.

 

For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact

Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk  or tel  01736 799305

or visit our website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

The Celtic spirit of Cornwall

 

 

 

Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture 2017, Launceston

 

Members of the public are very welcome to attend these events, all which are free unless otherwise stated.

 

Wednesday 30th August until Friday 1st September

Grand Bard’s chair on display @ St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Street, Launceston, PL15 8AU.  Built before the Reformation in 1511 by Henry Trecarrell, its intricately carved granite exterior makes it one of the finest churches in Britain. It is open daily 10am - 4pm for visitors. Entry to the church free, but donations are welcome.

 

Thursday 31st August

11am – 3.00pm  Book Festival, Holyer an Gof “meet the authors” including Judy Scrimshaw, David Thorn, Rod Lyon and Bernard Deacon, plus book launches @ Launceston Town Hall, Western Road, Launceston PL15 7AR. Refreshments available, accessible for people with disabilities.  Free entry.

 

2.00pm onwards  Display of Gorsedh Kernow Young People’s Awards and Adults Awards & Competitions entries @ Launceston Town Hall, Otho Peter Suite.  Free entry.

 

7.00pm  Presentation to winners of Young People’s Awards and Adults Awards & Competitions by Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, Grand Bard of Cornwall @ Launceston Town Hall. With guest appearance by Jim Causley. Evening hosted by Edward Rowe, Mab Tregarrek. Bar. Free entry.

 

Friday 1st September

10am – 4.30pm  Conference “Cornish Culture and Tourism – Friends or Foes?” @ Launceston Town Hall. With speakers Grand Bard Merv Davey; Malcolm Bell of Visit Cornwall; Ben Gilby, Institute of Cornish Studies; Fiona Wotton, Cornwall 365; Kim Conchie from Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Merryn Davies-Deacon. Tickets £5 to include pasty lunch from Launceston TIC tel 01566 772321.  Advance booking essential. All welcome.

 

7.30pm  Cornish Troyl/Ceilidh with Carmen Hunt & ScootsKernow @ Launceston Town Hall. Bar. Free entry.

 

Saturday 2nd September

11am  Cornish stalls open @ Launceston Castle, PL15 7DR.

 

1.30pm  Procession of bards from Central Methodist Church, Launceston via Church Street and High Street through The Square to Launceston Castle.

 

2.00pm  Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony, led by Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn with Miss Sophie Hillman as Lady of Cornwall @ Launceston Castle. Procession of bards returns to Central Methodist Church via Castle North Gate and Castle Street. Ceremony @ St Mary Magdalene Church if wet. All welcome.

 

7.00pm  Gala Concert  @ Central Methodist Church, Castle Street, Launceston, PL15 8BA. With Jane Nancarrow reading poetry of Charles Causley, Rob Strike and students from Launceston College, Mike O’Connor & Barbara Griggs and Launceston Town Band. Compered by Bert Biscoe, Viajor Gans Geryow. The Central Methodist Church building is the third one to be built on this spot and the crowning stone on the spire was placed on 4th November 1870, when the opening ceremony took place. Tickets £5 from Launceston TIC tel 01566 772321. Advance booking advised.

 

8.30pm  ‘Come All Ye’ Cornish music and song session @ The Bell Inn, Tower St, Launceston PL15 8BQ. Hosted by Rob Strike. All welcome. Free entry.

 

Sunday 3rd September

9.30 – 11.30am  ‘Blas a Gernewek – A Taste of Cornish’ session @ Launceston Town Hall. Refreshments available. Free entry.

 

11.00am  History Walk around Launceston with bard Rob Tremain, Cryor an Dre Lanstefan, starting @ Launceston Town Hall and finishing @ The Bell Inn. Free.

 

3.00pm  Choral Evensong in Cornish @ St Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston.  Collection for church funds. All welcome.

 

Gorsedh  Kernow

Esedhvos  Festival  of Cornish Culture is supported by Launceston Town Council, Launceston Central Methodist Church,

St Mary Magdalene Church, Launceston Castle, Robinson Reed Layton,

The Bell Inn and many local organisations and volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Gorsedh Kernow names 9 new Bards for 2017

 

A deep feeling of pride in being honoured with Cornish bardship will be plain to see this year as 9 proud initiates, 2 of whom are from outside Cornwall, wait to take their place among the 500 or so existing members of the College of Bards of Gorsedh Kernow.

 

Gorsedh Kernow was established in 1928 with the aim of celebrating and promoting Cornwall’s distinctive Celtic culture and the border town of Launceston, Cornwall’s ancient capital and home to the famous 11th century castle, provides the setting for this year’s Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival which includes the main bardic ceremony on Saturday 2nd September.

 

The high point of the ceremony, which starts at 2pm in the grounds of Launceston Castle, will be the inauguration of the 9 new bards in recognition of their outstanding work in serving Cornwall and her distinctive Celtic identity.

 

“Being awarded a bardship is a great honour,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn “especially as the ceremony is conducted in front of all the other blue robed bards, alongside representatives of our sister Celtic nations of Wales and Brittany, other Cornish organisations and friends and families that support Gorsedh Kernow and come together on this special occasion to celebrate our precious Cornish culture.”

 

Interest in and activity around the Cornish language, Kernewek is reflected once again in the number of people recognised this year for their work in this area.  The important world of publishing is also recognised as is the important work done for Cornwall by people overseas.

 

The new bards for 2017 are

 

Clive Boutle, London for publishing services to Cornish culture and promotion of European minority languages.

John Buckingham, Padstow for promoting Cornish identity and culture through the history of Padstow and the wider environs.

Jon Cleave, Port Isaac, for promoting Cornish identity through song.

Dee Harris, Porkellis, Helston. By examination in the Cornish language and continuing service to Cornwall.

Martine Knight, Helston, for promoting the Cornish language and identity in a wide field across the community.

Jakki Love, Ludgvan Churchtown, Penzance. By examination in the Cornish language and continuing service to Cornwall.

Russell Pearce III, Orinda, California for promoting Cornish identity in the U.S.A.

Wendy Simpson, Retire, Nr. Withiel, Bodmin. By examination in the Cornish language and continuing service to Cornwall.

Shaun Toft, Falmouth. By examination in the Cornish language and continuing service to Cornwall. 

 

 

 

Holyer an Gof 2017 Awards winners announced

 

Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of the annual Holyer an Gof competition at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on Tuesday 11th July, hosted by Waterstones of Truro with special guest mc Edward Rowe, Mab Tregarrek fronting the 21st year of these popular Awards.

 

Established and organised by Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall, this year’s winners were once again chosen from the best, recently published books about Cornwall or in Cornish.

 

“Although the number of entries is slightly down again this year, probably because books are now entered in one class rather than multiple classes, the quality of writing, illustrating and publishing, especially in the young adults category, is better than ever,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Rael Harvey, Myrgh Mydroilyn “and our wonderful panel of readers, drawn from the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with expertise and knowledge of their particular subject, have once again done a great job.”

 

Holyer an Gof has become a model for Cornish awards and Gorsedh Kernow continues to encourage new publications about Cornwall and the Cornish language.

 

“We are so pleased to win this Award,” said Craig Green, winning author of ‘A Christmas in Cornwall’ in the children’s books class and published by Mabecron Books.

“We put so much love into this because we wanted the perfect Christmas book for children and we also applaud Gorsedh Kernow and the Holyer an Gof Awards for championing Cornish language books,” said Craig.

 

Winners in class and also the Holyer an Gof Trophy, David and Stuart Thorn, were delighted with their win, saying that family were central to their success.

“Our relatives are the real stars of this book,” said David Thorn accepting the Award alongside his cousin Stuart Thorn, “I don’t think anyone had ever taken photographs in Bude before!”

 

“We are very proud of the Holyer an Gof competition and we are very grateful to Waterstones in Truro who very kindly host our Awards evening each year and to Kresen Kernow Cornish Studies Library in Redruth who provide administrative help and meeting space for our reader reviewers,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, who presented certificates and cups to the winners on the night.

 

The winners of the 2017 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards are:

 

1.0 - Cornish language books for teaching

A Learners’ Cornish Dictionary in the Standard Written Form, edited by Steve Harris, published by Ors Sempel & An Kylgh Kernewek.

 

1.1 – Cornish language books for children

There were no entries in this class.

 

1.2 – Cornish language books for adults

Tenkys by Rod Lyon, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

 

Winner of the Kowethas an Yeth Cup for authorship or translation from Class 1

Tenkys by Rod Lyon, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

 

Classes 2.0 & 2.1 – Books for children of primary age and books for young adults

A Christmas in Cornwall  by Craig Green and Oliver Hurst, published by Mabecron Books.

 

Winner of the Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup

The Little Red Egg by Judy Scrimshaw, published by Granny Moff Books.

 

Class 3 – Adult Fiction

Broken Dove by L A Kent, published by WillowOrchard Publishing.

 

Combined Classes 4 – Poetry and 4.1 – Drama

There were no nominations in this class.

 

Class 5 – Non Fiction – History, Language and Creative Arts

Cornwall’s First Golden Age by Bernard Deacon, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

 

Combined Classes 5.1 – Non Fiction – Marine, Industrial Heritage and Environment and Class 5.2 – Non Fiction in which illustrations predominate

Tommy Morrissey : Fisherman Painter by Gill Scott, published by Spur Valerian Press.

 

Class 6 – Booklets

Changing Places : Porthcurno and the Roots of Modern Communication by Steve Bladon, Rosalyn Goulding and others, published by PK Trust.

 

The winner of the Literary Salver, chosen by members of the Cornish Literary Guild, was Scryfer : Robert Victor Walling 1895-1976 – Bard and Journalist by Ann Trevenen Jenkin and Stephen Gadd, published by Gorsedh Kernow and Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

 

The Holyer an Gof Trophy, for the most outstanding entry in the whole competition, was awarded to Thorn’s of Bude by David Thorn and Stuart Thorn, published by Halsgrove.

 

 

For further information about the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards please contact Rael Harvey, tel 01209 719321 or email  enquiries@holyerangofawards.org.uk

 

For general information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Gorsedh Kernow Hon Secretary, tel 01736 799305 or email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

 

Further notes for editors

 

The Holyer an Gof Publishers' Awards are promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish Language and were launched in 1996 in memory of Redruth Publisher and Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, Leonard Truran, whose bardic name was Holyer an Gof - Follower of The Smith.

 

The awards were established and organised by members of Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall.

 

The panel of reader reviewers mainly comprises members of the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with particular expertise.

 

Details of all the entries for 2017 can be found on the Holyer an Gof website www.holyerangofawards.org.uk

 

For photos of 2017 book covers see http://www.holyerangofawards.org.uk/publications_nominated_2017.html

 

The Holyer an Gof Trophy, presented by the late Joan Truran, is perpetual and awarded for the most outstanding entry in the whole competition.

 

In addition to the Holyer an Gof Trophy, the Cornish Literary Guild presented a second perpetual award, The Literary Salver, to an author of their choice. Nominations for this award are made by the panel of readers and a winner is chosen by members of the Cornish Literary Guild.  

 

Winning entries in each category were announced and prizes awarded at a special Presentation evening on Tuesday 11th July at Waterstones in Truro, with each category winner receiving a certificate from  Gorsedh Kernow. The winner of the Holyer an Gof Trophy also received a £100 donation to the Cornish charity of their choice.  

 

 

 

Gorsedh Kernow Awards 2017 announced

 

The Council of Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of their annual Awards and Competitions after careful consideration and review of an impressive range of entries.

 

“Awards are being given to entries that express the Celtic spirit of Cornwall and demonstrate exceptional endeavour or quality of work,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, “and I look forward to presenting prizes to all the winners.”

 

The scheme has drawn work from the creative arts, Cornish studies and the wider community creating a range of Awards and Competitions for adults and a separate range of Awards for young people under 18 years of age.

 

“Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions are more flexible and less prescriptive these days,” said Merv Davey “and allow for entrants to demonstrate creativity in a variety of ways, including the use of digital media.”

 

The Awards and Competitions winners for 2017 are:

 

AdultsCompetitions

1.1 Yeth Kernewek – Cornish language

 

Gorsedh Kernow medals

 

Poem in Kernewek ‘Yn Tre Vaughan’ entered by Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, of St Ives.

 

Story in Kernewek ‘Mernans Ow Thas’ entered by Richard Howe of Porthcawl.

 

Gorsedh Kernow Award Certificate

Short story in Cornish for beginners entitled ‘Morvoren Lannwedhenek’ entered by Kirsty Lauder of Saltash.

 

1.2 Rannyeth / Cornish Dialect

 

Gorsedh Kernow Medals

 

‘The Man Who Blawed the Organ’ entered by John Jenkin, Carrek an Jawl of Bodmin.

 

‘Taint all Poldark and Pasties’ entered by Mo Keast, Myrgh Cana Hengovek of Bodmin.

 

‘Jan Treskillard’ entered by Jill Thomas,Myrgh Elerghi of Liskeard.

 

1.3 Studhyansow Kernewek/ Cornish Studies

 

Gorsedh Kernow Medal

 

‘Ranyeth Lulyn’ entered by John Jenkin, Carrek an Jawl of Bodmin.

 

Gorsedh Kernow Award Certificate

 

Cornish Survey from John Ellery Gillingham of Camborne.

 

1.4 Skeusenieth / Photography

 

Gorsedh Kernow Medal

 

6 Images entered by Sally Mitchell of Mevagissey.

 

AdultsAwards

2  Awenekter / Creativity

 

Gorsedh Kernow Medals

 

Comic book style story ‘Men an Tol’ written and entered by Joanna Veranda based at Tremough Campus and illustrated by Tania A Cardoso based in Rotterdam.

 

Story ‘Diaspora’ by Heather Hosking of Redruth.

 

Song in English ‘One and All’ by Helen Bartrop Hocking of Pancrasweek, Exeter.

 

Verse ‘Pendeen’ by Chris Nancollas of Yorkley, Gloucestershire.

 

Paintings ‘Rural Scene at Lanyon’ and ‘Men an Tol’ from William Morris, Haldreyn of London.

 

Carving ‘Mermaid’ set on slate from Paul Benney of Newquay.

 

The Mike Hartland Award for work which engages people in Cornish culture -

CD ‘The Clay Hymnal’  by Jim Causley of East Devon & Luke Thompson of Mevagissey.

 

The Glenda Hartland Award  for film -

‘The Poet’ by Jane Darke of Padstow and Andrew Tebbs of Nottinghamshire.

 

The Glenda Hartland Award for design -

Textile work by Maddie McColin based at Falmouth University, Tremough Campus.

 

3  Kemeneth / Community

Outstanding community service for Cornwall

 

Gorsedh Kernow Medals

Tassy Swallow, Morvoren Mordonnow of St Ives for SurfRatz, The Island, St Ives.

 

Anne & Keven Ayres of Falmouth for The Cornish Store, Falmouth.

 

Golden Tree, to be received by Will Coleman, Pednithan of St Buryan.

 

The Radyo an Gernewegva Award for raising fluency in the community -

Esther Johns, Tamm Steren of Mullion for Skol Veythrin.

 

London Cornish Association Pewas MapTrevethan / Paul Smales Medal 2017 for services to Cornwall by someone living outside Cornwall –

Mrs Del Clinton (Cornish Association of New South Wales) of New South Wales, Australia.

 

London Cornish Association Shield 2017  for outstanding services to Cornwall and Cornish people -  Mrs Anne Parsons (Bournemouth Cornish Association) of Poole, Dorset.

 

Young People’s Awards

1. Yeth Kernewek

First:  Amelia Dale, age 7, Cusgarne School, Truro – ‘Why I love Cornwall’.

Second:  Lauren Luscombe, age 8, Cusgarne  School – ‘Spladn che Steren’.

Third:  Spencer Judd, age 7, Cusgarne School – ‘My Family’.

 

Special category - Poetry/ Verse/Creative Writing

Ages 5 – 7

Freddie Judd, age 5, Cusgarne School – ‘My Dad was a Cornish Fisherman’.

 

Ages: 11-12

Evie Luckhurst, age 12, St Ives School – Poem ‘Marhas-Vian’.

 

Ages 13-14

First:  Aiden Drew, age 14 Poltair School, St Austell – ‘Wheal Martyn’.

Second:  Aaliyah E Ro-Pi, age 14, Poltair School - ‘The Lapse of Time’.

 

3. Ilow Kernewek

First:  St Maddern’s School, Madron, Penzance – ‘Teyr Gwydhenn Arbennik’ .

Second:  Truro Preparatory School – ‘Kana Dhymm’.

 

5.Studhyans Kernewek

To be announced

 

6. Art & Design

Special Award for Poltair School for ‘Paper Porcelain Pieces’ relating to study of ceramics at Wheal Martyn, jointly won by: Kenneth Bicoy, Lydia Ellis, Bethany Burt, Emily Evely, Jessica Frost, Emily Head, Aiden Kitts, Aaliyah Robinson-Rickford, Kelsey Vanderplank.

 

Age 4 and under

Sophie Duloy, age 4, Cusgarne School – ‘Man Engine’.

 

Ages 5-7

First:  Isabelle Waters, age 6, Cusgarne School – ‘Pocketbook of Folklore Legends’.

Second:  Harrison Childs, age 7, Cusgarne School – ‘Wheal Prosper’.

 

Ages 8 – 11

First:  Ruan Michael Crooks, age 10, Cusgarne  School – ‘Tin Mine’.

Second:  Imogen Barnard, age 9, Cusgarne School – ‘St Michael’s Mount’.

Third:  Rebecca Chellamuthu, age 10, Cusgarne School – ‘Mysterious Sea’.

 

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Further notes for editors:

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2017 scheme enables Gorsedh Kernow to recognise and celebrate a wide range of Cornish cultural activity alongside the more traditional arts and literary entries and allows for entries to be submitted through new media technologies.

 

Awards for young people were open to all schools, young people’s and children’s organisations and individuals under the age of 18 and were considered in one of three age groups – under 7 years of age, 8 to 11 and 12 to 17.

 

Displays and video presentations from several of the Awards winners will be available for viewing from 2pm onwards on Thursday 31st August in Launceston Town Hall Otho Peter Room. Entry is free.

 

The Awards Presentation evening, part of the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, will take place at 7pm on Thursday 31st August at Launceston Town Hall and will be hosted by bard Edward Rowe, Mab Tregarrek.  Entry is free and all are welcome to attend.

 

For further information about and a full programme for the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture please visit our website http://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/esedhvos.html

 

Gorsedh Kernow - the Celtic Spirit of Cornwall

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Gorsedh Kernow, which means Cornish Gorsedh exists to maintain and give expression to the national spirit of Cornwall as a Celtic country.

For general information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Hon Secretary, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk  or tel  01736 799305

or visit our website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Gorsedh Kernow congratulates successful Cornish language candidates

 

Gorsedh Kernow has warmly welcomed news of the results from this year’s Cornish language examinations.  

KESVA - The Cornish Language Board - set up in 1967 by Gorsedh Kernow and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, has announced another year of impressive results from the 68 candidates who took their exams in June.

 

“This is more than 20% up again on last year’s number of candidates who are learning and taking exams in our precious Cornish language, Kernewek and more than a 40% rise in the number of students taking their First Grade exams,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, “ and I would like to say ‘Keslowena dhywgh hwi oll’ which means ‘Congratulations to you all’ in Cornish, you have all worked so hard.”

 

The results are spread across the four grades of examinations currently offered by the Cornish Language Board with the largest group of candidates based in Cornwall.

 

“Kernewek is such a beautiful language,” said Merv Davey, “and a very important part of Cornish culture. People are really interested in the current debate about Cornish identity and many see this as a good way to immerse themselves fully into our shared heritage. It doesn’t matter if you are Cornish born or not, it’s what is in your heart that matters and Kernewek plays a big part in many people’s lives.”

 

The Grand Bard expressed his gratitude to all the hardworking teachers and examiners, many of whom are bards of Gorsedh Kernow, who give a lot of their own time to help their students learn Cornish in a variety of ways including classes, self teach books and online courses.

 

“The Council of Europe have recognised the Cornish people and the importance of our cultural assets, such as Kernewek, under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities ” said Merv Davey, “and once again we call on HM Government to reconsider their cuts to Cornish language funding.”

 

The successful candidates for 2017 are:

 

First Grade: Pass with Distinction

Jennifer Blockley, Launceston

Kirsty Lauder, Saltash

David Matthew, Penzance

Charlotte Morgan, Truro

Rita Nield, St Just

William Orchard, Penzance

Robin Parsons, Truro

William Pellow, Falmouth

Howard Peskett, Penzance

Tony Phillips, Penzance

Chloe Phillips, Falmouth

Kevin Steede, Gunnislake

 

First Grade: Pass

Colin Allen, Godalming

Tanya Brittain, Looe

Shaun Courtenay, Truro

Marie-Hélène Croizier, Ploumagoar, Brittany

Tamsin Daniel, Penzance

Nina Davey, Truro

Graham Dilley, St Ives

John Goody, Isles of Scilly

Lee Kellgren, Penryn

Emily Keverne, Redruth

David Knott, Liskeard

Brian Lindop, Newquay

Colin Loveless, Clacton-on-Sea

Robin Mackenzie, St Ives

Ian Marr, St Ives

Katrina Naomi, Penzance

Victoria Parker, Helston

Victoria Reece-Romain, Liskeard

Edward Rowe, Roche

Hannah Sharp, Saltash

Lucy Tansley, Cambridge

Nanette Tonkin, St Austell

Matthew Underwood, Plymouth

Sarah Wheldon, Callington

 

Second Grade: Pass with Distinction

Kensa Broadhurst, Camborne

Lisa Crosswood, Liskeard

Johanna Harvey, Crewkerne

Amanda Hilmarson-Dunn, Mevagissey

Owain Holland, Fowey

Andrew Johnson, Truro

Thomas Kadleck, Liskeard

Wella Morris, Penzance

Barbara Wyper, St Columb Major

 

Second Grade: Pass

Angela Bird, St Dennis

Sam Constance, Liskeard

Emma Julian, Liskeard

Yannig Laporte, Kemper, Brittany

Caroline Marwood, St Ives

Gilles Pennec, Kemper, Brittany

Shaun Rennie-Plume, Callington

Thomas Roberts, Newquay

James Williams, Calstock

Peter Wyper, St Columb Major

 

Third Grade: Pass with Distinction

Caroline Lane, Aylesbury

Michael Rottenbury, St Ives

Marion Smith, Carbis Bay

Sarah Smith, London

 

Third Grade: Pass

Phil Hurley, Calstock

Sue Lumley, Callington

Helen Pascoe, Camborne

Rebecca Sharp, Saltash

Wayne Tonkin, Redruth

 

Fourth Grade: Pass with Distinction

Mark Elton, London

Peter Green, Gloucester

 

Fourth Grade: Pass in Part

Alice Holland, Helston

Jamie Purves, Truro

 

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Further notes for Editors

 

Gorsedh Kernow exists to maintain the national Celtic Spirit of Cornwall and to give expression to such spirit, to encourage the study of Cornish history and literature, the Cornish language Kernewek, to foster Cornish art, music, dance and sport and to link with other Celtic countries.

 

The revival of Gorsedh Kernow in 1928, and the commencement of church services in the Cornish language Kernewek in 1933 greatly encouraged the use of spoken Cornish and this process of familiarisation with the language was quickly followed by new plays, prose, poetry and songs in Cornish.  

 

56 of the successful candidates of the Cornish Language Board examinations arefrom Cornwall,9 are from England and 3 are from Brittany.  Several of these candidates will be presented with their certificates by the Grand Bard of Cornwall at a special Graduation ceremony in Lys Kernow (Cornwall Council Offices, Truro) later in September.

 

For more information about the Cornish Language Board please contact Tony Hak, Karer an Yeth, Examinations Secretary, email  apposyans@hotmail.co.uk

 

For more information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Honorary Secretary, Gorsedh Kernow, email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk  tel 01736 799305

 

 

Delia Brotherton

Myrghwyn Melynor

Hon Secretary

GORSEDH KERNOW